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Bloomington concertgoers, make sure to mark your calendars for the weekend of April 15th and 16th because WIUX’s culture shock will be happening on the 15th at Showalter Fountain and will be going from 1 pm to 10 pm. The bands featured are The Skaaholics, The Pops, Superlunar, Home Phone, Pat and the Pissers, Inner Peace, and Weston Estate. The event will have food trucks and booths set up by various campus organizations. Burning couch, presented by Music Industry Creatives, will be happening the next day, April 16th, at Switchyard Park. The event will feature three different stages: a main outdoor stage, an indoor acoustic venue, and a DJ skate jam/rap cypher performance. The main stage performers are the only ones announced so far and will consist of Callejera, Ed Winn and the Atomic Misfits, Lung, Six Foot Blonde, Westhead, Wind, The Namby Pamby, Citruses, Tree to Stone, The Matriarch, The Strangers, and Foredaze. The event happens from noon to 9:30 and will feature art vendors and local food from around Bloomington. You can keep up with updates on both festivals on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wiuxfm/ and https://www.instagram.com/burningcouchfestival/?hl=en
It is not often that a formerly corny artist makes a good album. Even rarer is when this artist is a YouTuber who completely changes sound to do so. This is the case of the rapper Quadeca who went from creating YouTube diss tracks to making one of 2022’s best folktronica projects. While some of the sounds were explored in 2021’s “From Me to You,” the level of improvement on the songwriting front here is startling. Lyrically, the album utilizes the concept of being a ghost to explore death, loneliness, and regret. Tracks are multi-phased and densely produced with an icy and crushing feel. Instead of a YouTuber, Quadeca sounds like a bedroom producer pushing forward new sounds in music for the next decade.
Emo music is one of the most misunderstood genres out there. When people think of emo, they generally picture a 16-year-old in an MCR hoodie who is rebelling against societal expectations through their teenage angst. That is part of the story. However, it glosses over some of the most important details and musical influences in the genre’s history. While this retelling of emo’s story necessarily glosses over some things and leaves out important groups (I’m sorry!), it shows the development of emo music from its hardcore origins to the near genre-less existence where it currently sits.
Blue Rev, the new studio album released by Canadian indie and dream-pop band Alvvays, was always going to be a process to put together. This process was even more exacerbated by the many problems that all came together to stifle songwriting and recording. Thievery, flooding, COVID, and a whole new rhythm section swept away any hope of finishing their third album with any sort of speed, but despite all this, the record slaps. The songs are dense and layered with the sounds of buzzing guitars and washed-out vocals. Lead singer and songwriter Molly Rankin is at the top of her game, giving boisterous vocal performances that sound as if your speakers are about to blow apart on every track. Every track bleeds euphoria and summertime even more so than their previous work.